ReCap Online: The Newsletter of the Capital District Library Council
September 2015: Number 98

Save the Date:
The CDLC Annual Meeting will be held Friday, Nov. 20th 
at The Century House in Latham!
Thur., Sept. 10th

Sat., Sept. 12th
Bush Memorial Hall
Russell Sage College

Tue., Sept. 15th
Coordinated Collection Development Meeting
CDLC Offices

Wed., Sept. 16th
Schoharie County Office Building

Wed., Sept. 16th
SENYLRC Offices, Highland

Fri., Sept. 18th
CDLC Offices

Sat., Sept. 19th
New York State Archives
11th Floor Conference Room

Sat., Sept. 26th
Stockade Area, Schenectady

Thur., Oct. 1st
Doubletree Hotel, Carrier Circle, Syracuse

Thur., Oct. 1st
Brown's Brewing Company's Revolution Hall, Troy, NY

Wed., Oct. 21st - Sat., Oct. 24th
Lake Placid, NY

Fri., Nov. 2oth
CDLC Annual Meeting
The Century House
Latham, NY
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In other news...

CDLC is Turning 50!

The Council received its provisional charter from the Board of Regents on June 26, 1966.

Add your voice to the story by sharing your memories and photos of CDLC for a special 50th anniversary newsletter.

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Card Filer's Freakout
CDLC Offices, circa 1968
CDLC's NY Heritage Collections

E-Rate Update

The New York State Library has updated its E-Rate page to include the latest news and E-Rate modernization information, program information, archived webinars, information on E-Rate lists and links to related sites.

Please contact Amy Heebner, Library Development Specialist and State E-Rate Coordinator, at the New York State Library, at if you have any questions concerning the program.

Wyoming State Library has a great training calendar full of free webinars compiled from a variety of sources. Interested in conducting "Successful Volunteer Interviews" or in "Engaging New Board Members"? Then check out their calendar here!
CDLC  News
Staff Changes at CDLC

Marie Noonan, CDLC's Resource Sharing Coordinator, is retiring. Marie has been an instrumental part of CDLC's staff and a regional expert on anything ILL-related for the past 35 years. She has worked closely with our member libraries to ensure that library users got the items they needed. Marie oversaw the planning of numerous ILL Field Days, facilitated hundreds of COIL (Committee on Interlibrary Loan) and CORS (Committee on Resource Sharing) meetings, and provided exceptional customer service and member support during her tenure at CDLC. We wish Marie all the best in her retirement!
CCD Committee to Reconvene

CDLC is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, September 15th from 9:30-11:00 to discuss Coordinated Collection Development in our region and to re-convene CDLC's Coordinated Collection Development Committee. This advisory committee to the CDLC Board of Trustees was charged to develop, implement and evaluate plans and other activities for Coordinated Collection Development within the Capital District Region. A call for invitees will go out in early September; please contact Kathleen Gundrum with any questions.
Did you know...

CaDiLaC Online 2.0, CDLC's union catalog, searches more than 425 individual member library collections?  Your keyword search will bring up results in the title, author, notes, or subject fields.
It's a perfect tool to use when you want to know who has what in the Capital Region. Click on the button above to start your search engines!
Featured Poll

According to our recent poll, over 56% of our readers prefer taking half-day in person Continuing Education classes. This is great news for us since we are sponsering a half day class on Sept. 18th!  Legal Issues for Libraries will cover topics such as:
  • Privacy
  • Freedom of information
  • Employee rights
  • Licensing
  • Information liability
  • Software lending
  • E-book lending
  • Problem Patrons
  • and more...
Member News & Events
RCHS Hires New Executive Director

The Rensselaer County Historical Society announced the appointment of Karin Krasevac-Lenz as its new executive director. 
Welcome to the Capital Region, Karin!

Changing America at HVCC

The national touring exhibit "
Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963" is on display now through October 2 at the Marvin Library Learning Commons at Hudson Valley Community College.  HVCC is one of only
fifty libraries selected across the nation to display the exhibit.  The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, is accompanied by programs and film screenings that continue the "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  A full description of the exhibit and related events is available at
Local Librarians Among Award Winners

The Public Library Section (PLS) of NYLA announced the winners of their 2015 Conference Scholarships.  Counted among the winners were Lois Papp from East Greenbush Community LibraryJudy Petrosillo from Berne Public Library and Emily Kinney, a current student at the University of Albany. Congratulations to this year's winners!

Of Interest...
Capital Area Archivists of New York to Hold Talk

98 Acres in Albany: Digitally Reconstructing and Repopulating a Demolished Neighborhood, a talk given by David Hochfelder, an Associate Professor of History at the Univeristy at Albany, will be held on
Saturday September 19th from 1pm to 3pm at the New York State Archives, Cultural Education Center, 11th Floor Conference Room, Empire State Plaza.  To learn more about CAANY, please visit their website at

The New York State Permanent Commission for Access to Justice is requesting your help to complete a survey assessing the current level of services being offered by New York public libraries to constituents in need of legal information and assistance. 

The Permanent Commission was established by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and the New York Administrative Board of the Courts to, among other things, guide the courts' ongoing efforts to remove barriers to access to justice for low-income New Yorkers (see At present, the Commission is exploring available community services and resources that can help in this endeavor.

Libraries play a valuable role in direct services to the public. The purpose of this survey is to determine whether libraries in NYS, and the public who venture into them, would benefit from the array of Internet-based and other legal help programs that currently are available.
Take the Survey by September 18th!

Have news you'd like to share?
Send us the details!

Conferences & Multiday Workshops
Teaching Skills for Librarians:
A Professional Development Course

The College of St. Rose in cooperation with the NYLA is offering a professional development course for librarians. The course will be offered as a completely online study experience.  

The modules will engage students in the:

  • Development of foundational skills for teaching and learning for librarians
  • Delivery of instruction about libraries and library skills
  • Use of technology for teaching and information resources for teaching library skills
  • Need for collaboration in selecting content for effectively teaching library skills
September 14th - November 20th
NonCredit Option: $450
Credit Option: $650

8th Annual Library Assistants' Day Conference

Now in its eighth year, the 2015 fall event features topics on a wide range of professional development interests to paralibrarians and staff from all types of libraries. 

Sessions include:
  • Better Searching Skills
  • Safety and Security in the Library
  • The Anatomy of a MARC Record
  • Marketing with Social Media
  • Introduction to the Affordable Care Act
  • How to be a Leader When You're Not in Charge
The program is co-sponsored by six NY3Rs Association, Inc. Councils including:

Syracuse, NY
October 1
Price: $75
Includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshment

  Access Services Annual Conference

The Access Services Conference is an opportunity for individuals working in all areas of access services in academic libraries to gather information and communicate with other professionals about circulations, reserves, interlibrary loan, student worker management, security and other topics of interest.

There will be breakouts and sessions on:
  • Customer Services
  • Leadership & Management
  • Marketing
  • Remote Storage
  • Reserves 
  • Stacks and Space Management
  • Staff Training
  • Technology
  • and more...
Atlanta, GA
November 11-13
Registration: $250

Webinars & Training Opportunities
The New York State Library has partnered with WebJunction to offer FREE online courses and webinars for ALL library workers and volunteers in NYS!

Growing Through Conflict: Healthy Workplace Communication takes place Thursday, September 10th at 3pm.

CDLC members can request free access to one of our user licenses for a period of two weeks.

To request access to through CDLC, please email Sue Rahn or visit our page for more information.

Open Source Software Tools for the Library and Archive Webinar Conference

September 17th
9:00am - 5:00pm CDT
Keynote Presenter: Nicole Engard, Vice President of Community Outreach at ByWater Solutions

Nicole will begin her talk entitled Open Your Mind: Open Source and Libraries with an introduction to open source and why it's a great option for libraries and archives. Additionally, she will speak about her own experiences with open source and the importance of going into the community to increase awareness of open source offerings for libraries.

After that there are 7 breakout sessions with 21 various options including:

  • Discovering and Publishing Data with Dataverse
  • ArchivesSpace: A Love Story
  • WordPress for a Powerful #Libweb
  • The Best of Both Worlds: Two Small Museum Libraries Move to Hosted Koha
  • Exhibits 2.0 3.0: Using Omeka and the Curator Dashboard Plugins to Build Dynamic Exhibits
  • Digital Signs on a Dime (budget)
Early Bird Prices are available through September 4th!

Individuals: $49.00 
Groups: $149.00

Library Website Usability and Design Workshop

September 16th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
 Carol Anne GermainInformation Literacy Librarian at the University at Albany
Location: SENYLRC Offices, Highland

For most libraries the Web page is the virtual gateway to access Web-based resources and services. It is essential that libraries engage in usability initiatives to ensure that users have positive and productive experiences with the site. To create a quality website, developers need to be thoughtful about design and user experience.

Usability testing is a worthwhile endeavor, but can seem overwhelming, yet it is doable. Strategies of usability testing vary and include think-aloud protocol, card sorting, and using screen capturing software, to facilitate in-depth analysis of a user session. Through this program's exercises, attendees will have an opportunity to develop and articulate usability initiatives for their respective institutions. This interactive workshop will highlight the basics of website design, usability testing, and strategies for conducting usability.

CDLC / NY3Rs members: $15.00
Non-members: $20.00

Lunch and Learn Program Coming Up in November...

Thursday, November 12th, 2015: The Capital Area Library Assistants (CALA) is pleased to announce their Fall Lunch and Learn Workshop designed to enhance the professional development and quality of working life for their members.  Creative Library Programming featuring guest speakers Carol Anne Germain, Information Literacy Librarian, University at Albany and Laurie Dreyer, CDLC Intern. More details will be forthcoming so don't miss out!